Women's Cross Country - Wed, Jul. 12, 2006
CHICAGO - Saint Xavier University women's cross country/track coach Lisa Ebel, who was hired in January to build the newly formed women's track program at SXU, is off to a good start with the addition of four incoming freshmen from the Chicagoland area, who were standout prep runners at their respective high schools. Lauren Dentzman (Lemont), Amanda Janosz (Sandburg), Amy Poull (Oak Forest), and Megan Syring (Andrew) will all begin their academic and athletics career at Saint Xavier University this fall with women's cross country.

Dentzman was the No. 1 runner at Lemont High School over the last four years under coach Tim Plotke. She was a state qualifier in the outdoor two-mile run during her sophomore season. The Lemont native is the daughter of John and Dawn Dentzman.

"Lauren is a proven leader after leading Lemont's cross country program over the past four seasons," said Ebel. "She is also a great student and person and I expect to accomplish great things at Saint Xavier."

A native of Orland Park, Ill., Janosz joins the SXU women's cross country/track team after completing a successful running career at Sandburg High School under Christina Soldan and Jim Frye. She is the daughter of Jay and Susan Janosz and plans to pursue a degree in nursing at Saint Xavier University.

"Amanda has been a top five runner at Sandburg during her entire four-year career there," said Ebel. "Sandburg has one of the top women's cross country programs in the state, so her experience competing at state should help our team."

Poull was a sprinter on the Oak Forest High School track team under Erica Amoni and Jennifer Schanz before switching to middle distance running her senior season. She is the daughter of Gene and Mary Poull and plans to pursue a degree in English and secondary education at SXU.

"I'm convinced that Amy has all the tools to be a successful distance runner at the collegiate level," said Ebel. "She is an extremely hard worker and is a standout in the classroom as well."

The Cougars will also add Megan Syring, a four-time state qualifier in the 4x800 relay and the 4x400 relay under Sue Kramer at Andrew High School in Tinley Park, Ill. She is the daughter of Kevin and Mary Syring of Tinley Park and plans to pursue a degree in elementary education at Saint Xavier University.

"Megan comes from a running family and has loads of talent," said Ebel. "Her experience will make her a great leader on this team and I think she will have little trouble building on the success she had in high school."